This Week in Texas: July 3, 2013

Posted July 3, 2013 in The Mignon Memo

Gov. Rick Perry called a Second Called Session of the Texas Legislature which began Monday, July 1st.  The special session will consider the following issues:

• Legislation relating to the regulation of abortion procedures, providers and facilities.

• Legislation relating to the funding of transportation infrastructure projects.

• Legislation relating to establishing a mandatory sentence of life with parole for a capital felony committed by a 17-year-old offender.

Committee hearings took place yesterday in the House and Senate with more to come next week.

Governor Rick Perry sent an e-mail message to supporters this week that said he plans to make an announcement concerning his “exciting future plans” at an event in San Antonio on Monday.  We will have the details of that announcement in next week’s edition.

Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston) announced that he will run for Lieutenant Governor in 2014.  He joins current Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples in a crowded field for the Republican nomination for the post.  Former Harris County tax assessor Paul
Bettencourt announced he would run for Patrick’s Senate District 7 seat.